The more one looks…

_MG_7932Somebody once made a comment about the ability to see a picture does not suddenly become apparent to a person with a camera only when they are a long way from home.

This picture “Sensible Shoes” on the right was taken last year in a rich mans tool store not very far from home.

Black and white photography is principally about light and texture. In this case the light is coming from the open door on the right creating shadows and hence form.

A quote about shadows “Think in the shadows” John Ruskin – Victorian art critic and painter. How are you using shadows?

On a similar theme of understanding the black and white medium

“The more one looks,
the more one sees.
And the more one sees,
the better one knows where to look”.
Tielhard de Chardin

So my question to you is “what are you doing to improve your seeing skills?”

See more useful photography quotes on my website

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


5 responses to The more one looks…

  1. Helen C says:

    My seeing skills have been improved by looking at other wonderful photographers’ photos. For example, I will look at shoes a little longer after seeing your “Sensible Shoes”, which I like a lot. 😉


  2. LensScaper says:

    That quote by Tielhard de Chardin is a new one for me, Andy. But it goes right to the heart of the answer to your question. We improve our ‘seeing’ skills by practice and frequent camera use. It’s a skill we cultivate with all that that term implies. And if we don’t use our camera regularly then I believe that over time our ability to see will be slowly degraded. The weeds of neglect will take over.


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